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2018 Louisville Slugger 718 Select Review

2018 Louisville Slugger 718 Select Review

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We have yet to hit with the 718 from Slugger. It is not yet released to the public and will not be until September of 2017. That said, we have seen enough pictures of the bat, and heard it at a few CWS games, to make a few notes. We will update this page as our 2018 Louisville Slugger 718 Review. When more information is available to us you can expect this to be a go to rescource on the 2018 Louisville Slugger 718.


Louisville Slugger 718 Sources

We have spent the last 4 years of our lives studying bats and measuring their success. What might be the most helpful article to understand our take on the 718 Select, after reading this piece, is our Best BBCOR bats section. You may also find our 2018 Baseball Bat Reviews section useful too.  

And, too, don't forget our 716 Review. That is the most read source on the internet for information on that exact bat. And the 716 should at least lay the ground work for much of the 718 to come. 


In time, we will discuss the entire Louisville Slugger lineup. Below is a rough draw on where we think the 718 will fit in the 2018 Slugger line. Expect this to change as we gather more information.

518 Omaha

Single Piece Aluminum

  • Stiff Feel
  • Good Value
  • Hand Vibration
  • Smaller Sweet Spot

618 Solo

Single Piece Hybrid

  • Stiff Feel
  • Balanced Swing?
  • Only BBCOR?
  • Smaller Sweetspot

718 Select

Two Piece Hybrid

  • Smooth Feel
  • Hot Out the Wrapper
  • Too Soft a Feel?
  • Barrel Size?

918 Prime

Two Piece Composite

  • Ultra Smooth?
  • Big Barrel
  • Expensive
  • Durability Concerns

In short, the 718 Select appears to be an upgrade from the 716 in 2016 that boasted a two piece hybrid structure. As we get more time with the bat, and start to hear back from players that have actually used it, we will keep our notes and data points in the following 2018 Louisville Slugger 718 Select Review.


Where to Buy the 718 Select?

Don't expect the 718 for sale until late August or Early September. But, expect a number of teasers to release from major vendors and Slugger directly. For brand new bats, we always look at major retailers like justbats.com and closeoubats.com first. Of course places like Amazon and eBay work too, but if you can find it there for a discount off the MSRP then you can bet you are buying a grey market bat.


2018 Louisville Slugger Ratings

As we have only seen this bat hit on TV (during the CWS and Regionals) it is impossible to make any firm determinations as to recommendations. If the bat is anything like the 2016 Slugger 716 Select then you can expect a somewhat balanced swing weight and a nice smooth smash. As we gather more data we will update that information here. 

2018 Louisville Slugger Sizing

The only thing we are sure of is that the 718 will come in a BBCOR size bat. We are hopeful to find the same robust line as the 716 line, but time will only tell.

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